21 Dec 2015

New Caledonia's Belep eyed as new cruise ship destination

7:56 am on 21 December 2015

Talks have been held on Belep in the very north of New Caledonia about the island's possible inclusion of the region's cruise ship itineraries.

Carnival Cruise Ship

Belep on horizon for cruise ship operators Photo: Carnival

The territory's newspaper says exploratory talks took place between the company Kenua and traditional chiefs to gauge how the island would cope with an influx of tourists.

The report says there is concern that locals aren't used to seeing large numbers of tourists disembark.

It also says the plan is to ensure that the island can maintain its authenticity.